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Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School


reviewed by Clare N. Lowell October 31, 2007

coverTitle: Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School
Author(s): Leila Christenbury
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748056, Pages: 158, Year: 2007
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Every teacher has it at one point or another in his or her career: The Teaching Nightmare. There you are, defenseless in a class of uncontrollable, unreachable students—none of whom are listening to you—all of whom exist only to make your 40 minutes with them as miserable as humanly possible. For most of us, it’s only a bad dream (usually experienced in the final few hours of fitful sleep the night before the first day of class). However, for Leila Christenbury, author of Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School, it was her life for six months as an eleventh-grade English teacher at Live Oak High School. Not that it started out that way—Dr. Christenbury’s journey from veteran high school English teacher to professor of English Education at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), President of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), editor of English Journal (NCTE’s  magazine),... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 31, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14710, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 6:13:49 PM

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  • Clare Lowell
    Marymount Manhattan College
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    CLARE LOWELL (Assistant Professor of Education at Marymount Manhattan College) was a teacher and administrator in public education on Long Island for over 30 years. She earned a Doctorate of Education from Hofstra University and has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University as well as an MA in English Literature from Adelphi University. She has been a free-lance journalist for 20 years and is currently working on a paper entitled From Scattered to Scathing: Cultural Representations of Teachers in Films vs. the Public Perceptions of Teachers in America, or, Why do we love Sidney Poitier but hate Al Shanker? (as yet unpublished).
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